Another article in the great debate over what to call we folks over 50. In this column from the Hutchinson Leader (MN), columnist Doug Hanneman, 62, rails against age labels that result in negative connotations. He especially despises the label “senior citizen.”
I know I’m sounding cranky, but “senior citizen” rubs me wrong. It’s a genteelism. If you need to call me anything relating to age, just call me “old.” Too harsh or blunt? Perhaps, but I’m growing comfortable with “old.”
He feels that language can pigeon hole we seniors/elderly/old people and prevent us from growing.
For Geezer Bill’s thoughts on the subject, please read You Can Still Call Me Geezer.